This Week's Show
We're back to talk the finalized Kevin Love trade, and what it means for Philadelphia? Also, Kevin Love's exit from Minnesota and the parting words from Glen Taylor. Finally, we return to an old well: defense
- Andres Alvarez(@nerdnumbers)
- Arturo Galletti(@arturogalletti)
- Produced by Brian Foster(@boxscorebrian)
This Week's Poll
The Kevin Love Trade: the 76ers?
The 76ers dumped Thaddeus Young's contract. This means they now have no bad contracts. In fact, the entire 76ers roster could buy you one Kobe. We think the 76ers are better off than the Lakers. We should stress the 76ers aren't "tanking" by losing. They're tanking by not overpaying for wins.
One note, when it comes to paying for wins, teams that have a short window (see the Heat last year, and the Thunder), you pay to win!
Tangent: Best Chucker Bench Player?
This topic came up during the show. Arturo couldn't let it lie, so here are some great names of players off the bench that still managed to waste tons of possessions when they were in:
Glen Taylor's Dan Gilbert Impression
The Timberwolves' owner had less than kind words for Kevin Love on the way out.
The NBA is just another example of how rich people do not have the same reality as others.
The Wolves put up some historically bad teams around Kevin Love.
An easy explanation for Kevin Love's haters
Just remember the Joe Smith illegal contract by the Minnesota Timberwolves whenever you think the team is well run.
What makes this situation amazing is Patrick wrote about it years ago!
Kevin Love has a good role model. Kevin Garnett showed what happens to those that stay in Minnesota.
I parrot Arturo's "logic" and say I think Kyrie Irving can become better if he plays less of a point guard and more of a shooting guard. We'll have to see.
Arturo did some help on Basketball Breakdown about Defense. We have a long discussion about defense, especially as it's a common lob at Kevin Love.
On defense, like much of basketball, being tall is a huge edge. I mentioned it could be a reason Kobe had animosity to Shaq.
We get into the notion of "diminishing responsibilities" on defense. Players like James Harden may not excel at D, but that really isn't their job!
Tune in, we have a long conversation on this.
Coach Nick(@bballbreakdown), who worked with Arturo on Defense.
Arturo, for the amazing 76ers trade above.
Chris Baxter(@cbax) from the great That Thing You Like podcast. Not only does he now have an amazing webcomic (check it out at cbax.net) but also for starting the pizza vs. taco debate with Brian Shirlaw(@Brian_RS).
Myself, for this *hilarious* tweet. I know, absuse of power!
New plan: 1. Acquire a pro-sports team in Oxford. 2. Rename them the "Commas" 3. Win forever.— Andrés Alvarez (@NerdNumbers) August 25, 2014
Hubie Brown, who I forget as we wind down. He had amazing coach knowledge!